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The Last Five Years Movie Review

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This film is very powerful!  It definitely isn’t what is expected. From the opening scene where Anna looks defeated with tears running down her face singing her feelings you know that this is no ordinary film. It can proudly take its place next to the modern musicals which as of late have become quite popular introducing musicals to a whole new generation. Anna Kendrick who plays Kathy Hiatt as usual delivers a stellar performance. She and Jeremy Jordan who plays Jamie Wallerstein have a good chemistry on screen. Both are tremendously talented with good voices. This film is so powerful and the songs are so accurate and so true to what the situations or moods are in the film. They represent the feelings and emotions that every one single or attached goes through.

The story is told from both perspectives of the wife and husband. It chronicles their relationship from the beginning when they are falling in love and just starting out together. During this phase of the relationship all of the songs are songs about love and happiness. In the middle when things start to get rocky the songs start to change their tone and mood from love songs to something is wrong songs. In the end when things fall apart the songs become more desperate then you know it’s over. They stop communicating and they shut each other out.  As in most relationship demise insecurity plays a big part in their destruction.

You will feel every emotion through this film. When they cry you may find yourself crying too. Since the film is told from both sides one thing is for sure you will be able to decide which one is to blame.  If you are a fan of musicals then you will enjoy this film. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Review

 

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This film should be called Fifty Shades of lust, sex, sex and more sex. Based on the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” written by E.L. James. The book not all that great but still a best seller. The film gives a glimpse in the world of BDSM and the intriguing world of Christian Grey.  played by Jamie Dornan. Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia Steele the innocent girl swept away by Christian Grey in twisted romance. She does a great job playing her part, which could not have been an easy task. The same unfortunately cannot be said for Dornan. The on screen chemistry between Dornan and Johnson just isn’t there. Also the fact that Dornan doesn’t fit the part for this character is very apparent. He lacks the looks or the fantastic physique of the character as described in the book. It definitely makes one wonder just how he got the job. There is no real excitement in the film.

The soundtrack for the film is amazing and definitely sets the mood. The steamy love scenes are hot! They couuld be hotter with the right casting of Christian Grey. Jamie Dornan just doesn’t fit for this role. Christian Grey is eye candy and Jamie Dornan is not. Watching Jamie Dornan in a love scene of this caliber is about as exciting as watching paint dry. The chemistry needed to pull this off just isn’t there. Dakota Johnson does her best to appear to enjoy it, but you can’t beat a dead horse.

Over all this film is a big disappointment. It is proof that the right cast is essential to the success or failure of a film. It gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Predestination Movie Review

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Expect the unexpected! This film starts out very slow, but builds into something very interesting.  The time travel angle has been done in other films but not quite in this way. Once the story begins to unfold it definitely puts a new spin on it. This film should be classified as the “WTF” film of the year! Sarah Snook delivers an exceptional performance being that she played both a male and a female character. Ethan Hawke also delivered a good performance. His character is very dark and troubled and who could blame him with all he has to endure in this film. He plays a time traveling agent who must go back in time to prevent a devastating crime from happening. The many twists and turns this film takes will take you by surprise.

The special effects are well done. It looks so real as they pop here and there like they are truly traveling back in time. The set and costumes also make a strong statement for what ever time period they pop into. You can definitely see how much they pay attention to detail to make sure that the costumes fit into their correct time period. Some time periods are brighter than others and the vibrant colors just burst on the screen.

Overall this film should bypass theaters and go straight to DVD. However it does succeed in holding ones attention. You won’t be hanging on the edge of your seat. Although some of the twists may make you lean way back in your seat. But the twist at the end of the film may have you falling out of your seat. It saves this film from oblivion. It still gets 3 out of  5 popcorn bags.

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The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

 

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This film was definitely worth the wait! It can proudly take its place next to its predecessors. Director Peter Jackson has done it again. Under his direction all of the actors deliver fantastic performances. The same original cast has descended upon Middle Earth  once again  for what may be the last time. As in all of the films the story rings true to the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film takes up where the previous film left off. There is action from the opening scene to the ending credits. The film holds your attention til the bitter end. If you are a fan of these films you will not be disappointed. Peter Jackson has such a unique way of making his films. He is in a class all of his own.

The special effects as always are extraordinary! The battles are well choreographed and executed. Whether you view this film in Imax, 3D or in 2D you are definitely in for a thrill because the film makes good use of these effects. The scene where the Dragon Smaug is flying and destroying the city is thrilling because the graphics look so real making it easy to forget you are watching a film. Peter Jackson has a flair for making his films look as real as possible.

Over all this film is amazing! It is everything and more that you would expect of a Peter Jackson Production. It is a fitting end to a great film series. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Horrible Bosses 2 Movie Review

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The guys are back and funnier than ever. The whole cast is back with a whole new set of problems with a boss. Jennifer Aniston has also returned as the sultry dentist Julia who still wants a piece of Dale played by Charlie Day. This time pales in comparison to what they went through in the previous film. This time they take on Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. The two definitely bring something unique and villainous to the film. Especially Christoph Waltz who is the perfect villain. Casting was spot on!

In this sequel we find the guys in business for themselves. And after what they went through in the first film they definitely deserve it. The film opens with humor. The talk show scene is hilarious. Director Sean Anders really does a good job of using shadows and shapes to create these funny illusions. The chemistry between the actors is also very apparent. You can tell that Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudakis had fun making this film. As evidenced in the end credits where they roll the bloopers of the film. Chris Pine was also funny in this film. But no one beats Kevin Spacey who reprises his role as Dave Harkin who is Nick’s former boss. He’s very bitter from the first film and he definitely lets it be known.

Over all this film is fun and definitely holds your attention. You will be on the edge of your seat wondering what they will do next. It’s funny to watch the plot play out screen. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Dracula Untold Movie Review

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This is definitely a new spin on an old story. It’s kind of a love story, but not in the traditional sense because it shows how Dracula loved his family and his people. The story of Dracula is a very dark one. All the stories throughout history  and the majority of the films portray him as a symbol of evil. This film gives a different perspective as to why and how Dracula became a vampire. Luke Evans delivers a good performance as Dracula. He really makes us feel for his character’s plight making his character likable. This is a task not easily done since his character is a vicious vampire, but not just any vampire Dracula the original  founder of the vampire nation. So he really demonstrates his true talent as an actor.

The special effects were well done. When he flies or shape shifts himself the effects are believable. The fight seen where he single highhandedly defeated an entire army was thrilling to watch. This film definitely holds your attention and makes you root for the one traditionally portrayed as the villain.

Overall this film is a different tell of an old tale. The story is nicely told and the twist at the end is quite refreshing. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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The Maze Runner Movie Review

 

 

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A co-ed “Lord of the Flies”! Based off of the James Dashner novel of the same name this film has a lot of thought provoking action. Imagine being brought to an island with no memory of anything but your name. This is just one in a long list of obstacles the characters must overcome. This film is very well made. The set is amazing! The design of the maze is very detailed. The film draws you in from the opening scene to the ending. You find yourself trying to sort things out right along with the characters. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out they throw another curve at you. It can be both thrilling and frustrating. The cast does a good job of  handling themselves. Under the direction of Wes Bell they all deliver good performances that make them relatable and some likable.

The special effects are well done. The Greevers are very scary. They are giant monsters half spider and half robotic machine that are programmed to kill those trapped in the maze. So each time some one enters the maze they are risking their life. This film really does a good job of showing the will of man and how strong t truly can be. It truly confirms that in dire situations one is capable of anything especially if the odds are life threatening.

Overall this film will appeal to people of all ages. It will hold your attention from beginning to end. It also has a few powerful message. Those messages are to never give up and you never know what you can do until you try. It gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

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Get on Up: The James Brown Story Movie Review

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Get on up and go see this film! They say dead men tell no tales well in this film they do. The film is told by the perspective of the late great James Brown. What sets it apart from other films of this type is that the character engages with the movie watching audience. Chadwick Boseman is brilliant as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. In some scenes he looks right into the camera and speaks to us to explain why certain things were done a certain way or to explain his methods or reasons for doing certain things. The casting was on the money. Octavia Spencer as Aunt Honey, Viola Davis as James Brown’s Mother, Nelsan Ellis as Bobby Byrd and Jill Scott looks fabulous as Dee Dee Brown one of his many wives. Under the direction of Tate Taylor all of the actors gave good performances.

The story spans his early life from childhood where he endured a lot of adversity on up to his success in the music industry where he broke barriers and became a music pioneer. It also gives us a glimpse and a better understanding as to who he was and what circumstances in his life shaped him into the man he became. This film can also be used as an educational tool for the music business. He explains how to promote and market for a show as well as how to promote and market yourself as an artist with confidence.

The film over all is very entertaining! Chadwick really captures the essence of James Brown from his moves to his moods. He became James Brown.  This film truly proves that there may be many legends in the music industry, but there was only one James Brown! This film gets 4 out of 5 popcorn bags.

 

 

 

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Lucy Movie Review

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Different is the only word to come to mind when describing this film. It is definitely an orignal script written and directed by Luc Besson. Scarlett Johanson plays Lucy a woman forced into a no win situation. Then the action begins and the clock starts ticking. You will be glued to your seat! Scarlett is a great actress no doubt but in this film it doesn’t really take a whole lot of effort. Her character is very focused and very serious. In the opening scene we see Lucy as she is as a normal typical young woman, but as the film progresses we see her change and evolve into something more than herself.

The special effects in the film are very well done, but with a Matrix like feel to it. The fight scenes are a definte must see. The film is also very scientific. Morgan Freeman plays Professor Norman a man that has devoted his life studying the brain and it’s capabilities. He is amazed when he meets Lucy.

Overall the film is interesting and the story is original and very different from other films. However, it does jump around alot making it hard to follow in some scenes and it is for this reason it gets 3 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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Sex Tape Movie Review

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This film will win no awards or accolades. But if you are looking for a good laugh then it is very worth while and a must see. It s funny, sexy, romantic and it also has a good message with a great story. The cast give good performances. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal definitely have chemistry that transfers over on screen. They seem to have so much fun in their scenes together. Their characters are  Annie and Jay a married couple looking to put that spark back into their marriage as so many couples are trying to do these days. Their  story can represent any couple or parent for that matter.

The scene where they make the sex tape is hilarious because they are so quirky. Some positions they had to try several times before they get it right. Any one having sex or has ever had sex can relate to this film. Jason Segal has such a charm about him which makes him adorable. His comedic timing is on point throughout the entire film. Cameron Diaz also has good comedic timing, plus she looks fabulous as always. There are even some surprises in the film such as Jack Black as the Porn King. Rob Lowe is also very funny in the film.

Overall this film is very funny with a story to which people can relate. It definitely will hold your attention to see how the situation or crisis in the film will play out. It has a great cast and good story. It gets 5 out of 5 popcorn bags.

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